Need-a-Source: 30th anniversary of École Polytechnique

December 6 is National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and Plan International Canada wants to raise awareness about gender-based violence as we mark the anniversary of a moment that sent shockwaves across the country.

It’s been 30 years since the École Polytechnique massacre where a man took the lives of 14 women, determined to kill feminists. Yet, 30 years later, disturbing statistics and stories of violence stemmed in misogyny and harmful masculinities are rampant.

Girls and young women, like the 14 women who lost their lives at École Polytechnique, face greater risks of gender-based violence. Plan International Canada recognizes the unique vulnerabilities experienced by girls and young women and works globally towards a solution.


Plan International Canada has gender experts that work to address the persistent forms of gender-based violence that are rooted in gender inequality and harmful masculinity.

  • Saadya Hamdani , Director, Gender Equality, Plan International Canada can speak to the underlying causes, effects and solutions to gender-based violence within a Canadian and global context. These topics include but not limited to:
  • Gender-based violence and the increased risk for girls and young women
  • Gender-based violence and education
  • Gender-based violence and intimate partners
  • Gender-based violence and the home

If you’d like to interview Saadya and learn more about unique experiences of girls and young women and Plan International Canada’s efforts in addressing root causes and forms of prevention, please contact